Saturday, March 22, 2014

33 Watch | William Colby, CIA, video games, and a very curious death


William Colby was the CIA Director prior to George W. Bush. and has a legacy of being known for what he has brought to the movie and video game industry.  It is said that many hit movies are based on narratives provided by William Colby, as well as videogames.  Activision videogames in particular has used much of William Colby's narratives and information to build some of their best selling games to date.

Let us examine some curious observations from William Colby's Wikipedia.
  • Colby was for most of his life a staunch Roman Catholic.  He was often referred to as "the warrior–priest". He married Barbara Heinzen in 1945 and they had five children. The Catholic Church played a "central role" in the family's life, with Colby's two daughters receiving their first communion at St. Peter's Basilica.  In 1984, he divorced Barbara and married Democratic diplomat Sally Shelton-Colby.
  • Following his first year at Columbia, in 1941 Colby volunteered for active duty with the U.S. Army and served with the Office of Strategic Services as a Jedburgh or special operator trained to work with resistance forces in occupied Europe to harass German and Axis forces. During World War II, he parachuted behind enemy lines twice and earned the Silver Star as well as commendations from Norway, France, and Great Britain.
    • Jedburgh = 1+5+4+2+3+9+7+8 = 39
    • Norway = 5+6+9+5+1+7 = 33
    • The Red, White and Blue, 33 Nations France and U.K.
  • In his first mission he deployed to France as a Jedburgh commanding Team BRUCE, in mid-August 1944, and operated with the Maquis until he joined up with Allied forces later that fall. In April 1945, he led the NORSO Group into Norway on a sabotage mission to destroy railway lines, in an effort to tie down German forces in Norway from reinforcing the final defense of Germany.
    • BRUCE = 2+9+3+3+5 = 22
    • In 1944, or the year '44, or /44
    • Germany = 7+5+9+4+1+5+7 = 38, reduces to 11
    • Norway = 5+6+9+5+1+7 = 33
  • Shortly thereafter, an OSS friend offered him a job at the CIA, and Colby accepted. Colby spent the next 12 years in the field, first in Stockholm, Sweden. There, he helped set up the stay-behind networks of Gladio, a covert paramilitary organization organized by the CIA to make any Soviet occupation more difficult, as he later described in his memoirs.
    • Where they speak Swedish
    • Swedish = 1+5+5+4+9+1+8 = 33
    • Spoken in Sweden, Finland and Norway
    • Finland = 6+9+5+3+1+5+4 = 33
  • Colby was a vocal advocate within the CIA and the U.S. Government for engaging the non-Communist left wing parties in order to create broader non-Communist coalitions capable of governing fractious Italy; this position first brought him into conflict with James Angleton.
    • The Vatican is in Italy
    • Italy = 9+2+1+3+7 = 22
    • Angleton = 1+5+7+3+5+2+6+5 = 34, one greater than 33
  • In 1968, while preparing to take up the post of chief of the Soviet Bloc Division of the Agency, President Johnson instead sent Colby back to Vietnam as deputy to Robert Komer, who had been charged with streamlining the civilian side of the American efforts against the Communists. Shortly after arriving Colby succeeded Komer as head of the U.S./South Vietnamese rural pacification effort. This was an attempt to quell the Communist insurgency in South Vietnam. Part of the effort was the controversial Phoenix Program, an initiative designed to identify and attack the "Viet Cong Infrastructure." There is considerable debate about the merits of the program, which involved assassination and torture, though Colby consistently insisted that such tactics were not permitted in the program as a matter of policy.
    • Robert = 6+9+2+5+9+2 = 33
  • More broadly, along with Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker and MACV commander General Creighton Abrams, Colby was part of a leadership group that worked to apply a new approach to the war designed to focus more on pacification and securing the countryside as opposed to the "search and destroy" approach that had characterized General Westmoreland's tenure as COMUSMACV. Some, including Colby later in life, argue that this approach succeeded in quelling the Communist insurgency in South Vietnam, but that South Vietnam, abandoned by the United States after the 1973 peace accords, was ultimately overwhelmed by a conventional North Vietnamese assault.
    • Ambassador = 1+4+2+1+1+1+1+4+6+9 = 30 
    • Ellsworth = 5+3+3+1+5+6+9+2+8 = 42
    • Bunker = 2+3+5+11+5+9 = 35
      • Ellsworth Bunker = 35+42 = 77
    • Westmoreland = 5+5+1+2+4+6+9+5+3+1+5+4 = 50
    • General = 7+5+5+5+9+1+3
  • Colby was known as a media-friendly CIA director.  His tenure as DCI, which lasted two and a half tumultuous years, was overshadowed by the Church and Pike congressional investigations into alleged U.S. intelligence malfeasance over the preceding 25 years, including 1975, the so-called Year of Intelligence.  Colby cooperated, not out of a desire for a major overhaul, but in the belief that the actual scope of such misdeeds—encapsulated in the so-called Family Jewels—was not great enough to do lasting damage to the CIA's reputation.  Colby also believed that the CIA had a moral and legal obligation to cooperate with the Congress and demonstrate that the CIA was accountable to the Constitution.  On a more practical level, he also believed that cooperating with Congress was the only way to save the Agency from dissolution during a period of great congressional strength. This openness policy caused a major rift within the CIA ranks, with many old-line officers such as former DCI Richard Helms believing that the CIA should have resisted congressional intrusion.
    • Family = 6+1+13+9+12+25 = 66
    • Jewels = 10+5+23+5+12+19 = 74
      • Woman = 23+15+13+1+14 = 66
      • Jesus = 10+5+19+21+19 = 74
  • Colby's time as DCI was also eventful on the world stage. Shortly after he assumed leadership, the Yom Kippur War broke out, an event that surprised not only the American intelligence agencies but also the Israelis. This intelligence surprise reportedly affected Colby's credibility with the Nixon administration. Colby participated in the National Security Council meetings that responded to apparent Soviet intentions to intervene in the war by raising the alert level of U.S. forces to DEFCON 3 and defusing the crisis. In 1975, after many years of involvement, South Vietnam fell to Communist forces in April 1975, a particularly difficult blow for Colby, who had dedicated so much of his life and career to the American effort there. Events in the arms-control field, Angola, the Middle East, and elsewhere also demanded attention.
  • President Ford, advised by Henry Kissinger and others concerned by Colby's controversial openness to Congress and distance from the White House, replaced Colby late in 1975 with George H.W. Bush during the so-called Halloween Massacre in which Secretary of Defense Schlesinger was also replaced (by Donald Rumsfeld). Colby was offered the position of U.S. permanent representative to NATO but turned it down.
    • Halloween Massacre
    • Halloween = 8+1+3+3+6+5+5+5+5 = 41
    • Massacre = 4+1+1+1+1+3+9+5 = 25
      • Halloween Massacre = 41+25 = 66
    • Halloween takes place in October, on the 31st day
    • October = 6+3+2+6+2+5+9 = 33
  • In 1977, after retiring from the CIA, Colby founded a D.C. law firm—Colby, Miller & Hanes, with Marshall Miller, David Hanes, and associated lawyers, and worked on public policy issues. In consonance with his long-held liberal views, Colby became a supporter of the nuclear freeze and of reductions in military spending. He practiced law and advised various bodies on intelligence matters. He also wrote two books, one of memoirs entitled Honorable Men, the other on Vietnam, called Lost Victory. In the latter, Colby argued that the U.S.–RVN counterinsurgency campaign in Vietnam had succeeded by the early 1970s and that South Vietnam could have survived had the U.S. continued to provide support after the Paris Accords. Though the topic remains open and controversial, some recent scholarship, including by Lewis "Bob" Sorley, supports Colby's arguments. Colby also lent his expertise and knowledge, along with Oleg Kalugin, to the Activision game Spycraft: The Great Game, which was released shortly before his death. Both Colby and Kalugin played themselves in the game.
    • Colby-Miller-Hanes formed in 1977, with emphasis on '77
    • William Colby
      • William =5+9+3+3+9+1+4 = 34
      • Colby = 3+6+3+2+7 = 21
      • William Colby = 34+21 = 55
    • Marshall Miller
      • Marshall = 4+1+9+1+8+1+3+3 = 30
      • Miller = 4+9+3+3+5+9 = 33
      • Marshall Miller simplifies to 3 33
    • David Hanes
      • David = 4+1+4+9+4 = 22
      • Hanes = 8+1+5+5+1 = 20
      • David Hanes simplifies to 22 2
  • On Saturday, April 27, 1996, Colby died in what appears to be a boating accident near his home in Rock Point, Maryland. There was speculation that Colby's death was due to foul play or suicide. The Maryland state coroner, however, ruled that Colby had suffered either a heart attack or a stroke owing to a discernible plaque buildup in his arteries, and had fallen into the water and drowned.  Most of Colby's family and his biographer viewed a suicide as completely inconsistent with his character. However, in a biographical documentary developed by Colby's son Carl Colby, he speculated that Colby had simply "...had enough of this life."
    • April 27, 1996 - 4/27/1996
      • 4/27 = 4+2+7 = 13, reduces to 4
      • 1996 = 1+9+9+6 = 25, reduces to 7
      • 4 and 7
    • Rock Point
      • Rock = 18+15+3+11 = 47, reduces to 11
      • Point = 16+15+9+14+20 = 74, reduces to 11
      • Rock Point = 47 74
      • Rock Point = 11 11